YAC FAQ

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 
How was YAC created?
Starting in the 1990s, community foundations took part in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth Challenge grant as part of the Michigan Community Foundations' Youth Project, creating 86 permanently endowed youth funds. As a stipulation of the challenge, the funds are overseen by Youth Advisory Councils. More information about the fund can be found at http://www.michiganfoundations.org and http://www.youthgrantmakers.org/.

What is YAC?
The Gratiot County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) involves local youth in leadership, service, and philanthropy.  YAC members participate in monthly meetings to plan and carry out various service projects. YACers are also responsible for annually reviewing grant applications and recommending awards.

Who is in YAC?
Any high school student from Gratiot County Schools is invited to participate in YAC. Our YAC is organized by the YAC Leadership Team, who meets outside of regular YAC meetings to plan the year's calendar and prepare for upcoming events and projects.

Who benefits from YAC?
All of YAC's service projects are intended to help those living in the Gratiot County area. YAC also supports community youth through giving out grants to applicants. YAC members gain valuable experience in leadership roles, active community service, working with students outside of own high school, philanthropy, and the needs of their greater community.

How do I join YAC?
There is an annual YAC Recruitment Meeting in early October held at the Youth for Christ building in Alma, Michigan. Keep an eye on the YAC Calendar for this year's meeting date. If the recruitment meeting has already passed, don't worry! New members are welcome to join at any meeting during the year.


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